The black-eared kite wheeling and diving over our heads -
a painting on silk in our machiya in Kyoto.
A heron biding its time on the Kamogawa river -
the red-crowned crane at the entrance to Nijo castle.
The Emperor's picnic set from the 19th century
in Horyu-ji treasures galleries of the National Museum Tokyo -
a hanami picnic party in Shinjuku park.
This one was very civilised and in fact our bags were searched
for alcohol as we went in.
Later on in Ueno park
the blue plastic sheets were spread with less regard to
cherry blossom viewing and a little more to . . .
sake barrels donated to the Meiji shrine Tokyo.
The rather tasteful mini-bar in our hotel room.